EU / Europe

British-German Outlook Group

The British-German Outlook Group is a yearly exchange organised by SWP together with our partner Chatham House and kindly funded by the German Foreign Office. The Outlook Group brings together officials and leading expert of both countries for an exchange on the future of Europe, British-German relations and joint foreign policy interests.

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Debate on the Future of Europe

The European Policy Institutes Network participates in the debate about Europe’s future by publishing expert analyses, and works to improve mutual understanding through discussion of national discourses. Its members are think tanks and policy institutes from almost all the EU member-states and accession candidates.

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German-Polish Dialogue

Researchers from SWP and the Osrodek Studiów Wschodnich (Centre for Eastern Studies) in Warsaw conduct a German-Polish think-tank dialogue on political, social and economic developments in the post-Soviet states.

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German-Spanish Dialogue

The German-Spanish Dialogue is conducted by SWP and its partner, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), with support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Currently interest centres on the challenges of European integration and the European and foreign policies of Spain and Germany.

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German-Turkish Dialogue

Since 2010, the German-Turkish Roundtable (GTRT) on International Affairs works as a forum for German and Turkish Members of Parliament, Government officials and academics to engage in a dialogue on regional and global developments that effect the foreign policy of both countries.

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Research Centre NORDEN (RENOR)

The Research Centre Norden (RENOR) is concerned with cooperation between Germany and the Nordic countries, especially in the EU context, and the question of how it can be expanded and deepened. The project also researches EU policies in the Nordic countries and forms of regional – especially Nordic – cooperation.

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Turkey in the International System

The »Turkey in the International System« project run by the Mercator Foundation, the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) and the SWP seeks to challenge stereotypes about German, European and Turkish politics and rectify fundamental knowledge deficits in German and EU relationships with Turkey.

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International Peace and Security

Armed Forces Dialogue

In this dialogue, initiated in 1993 as “Ebenhausen Dialogue”, the General Inspector of the German Bundeswehr invites annually a group of high-ranking military leaders from Russia to discuss current topics of foreign and security policy. The dialogue aims to facilitate a critical exchange of views. Since 1995 there is another armed forces dialogue with Ukraine.

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Diplomacy in the 21st Century

The project “Diplomacy in the 21st Century“ examines what diplomacy in the 21st century might look like. It wants to arrive at practical conclusions, academically underpinned, though theoretically eclectic, of where, and in which concrete ways, modern diplomacy needs to change in order to be recognized as a modern legitimate, efficient and effective instrument of successful foreign policy.

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International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (iPRAW)

The »International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons« (iPRAW) assesses options for the regulation of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). To that end, the interdisciplinary group for scientists looks into several aspects like technological basis, artificial intelligence, and ethical questions.

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Military Operations by the German Armed Forces in Flux

The project “Military Operations by the German Armed Forces in Flux: Prospects for the Future and Lessons Learned” analyzes the objectives and impacts of past as well as current foreign military operations abroad by the German Armed Forces. The project’s aim is to draw conclusions from past engagement and to offer policy recommendations for German decision-makers concerning future engagements.

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MORE - Modelling and mapping the risk of Serious and Organised Crime Infiltration in legitimate businesses across European territories and sectors

The project identifies, maps and models the risk of serious and organised crime infiltration in legitimate business across the EU. Data and cases are collected and analysed in order to identify risk factors, to develop a risk-assessment model and to map the risk of infiltration in the 28 EU member states.

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Security Cooperation and Strategic Culture

The influence of strategic cultures can promote the development of cooperative security structures or counteract it. The circumstances of influence are not sufficiently understood. This project uses the example of missile defense to analyze how guiding principles (Leitbilder) affect the opportunities for better security cooperation in Europe.

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Transatlantic Relations

TAPIR

The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open to doctoral candidates in social science, economics and politics for research in the field of international relations and/or international peace and security.

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Daimler EU-US-Program

The Daimler U.S. European Forum on Global Issues is hosted by the Brookings Institution (Washington), the Centre for European Reform (London) and the SWP, with the support of Daimler AG. Its objective is to conduct a regular, confidential dialogue on international politics involving leaders and think tanks from the United States and the European Union.

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Middle East and Africa

German-Iranian Dialogue

The German-Iranian Dialogue involves researchers from SWP and the Iranian Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) in Tehran, alongside experts from the fields of politics and administration. The discussion centres on bilateral relations, political developments in the Middle East and questions of regional security.

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German-Israeli Dialogue

The German-Israeli Dialogue involves researchers from SWP and the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, alongside participants from the fields of politics and administration. The discussions, conducted jointly with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, centre on bilateral relations, current political developments in the Middle East and questions of regional security.

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Israel and its regional and global conflicts: Domestic developments, security issues and foreign affairs

The project endeavours to allow for an in-depth and profound understanding of current and long-term trends of Israeli society and politics, the Middle East conflict, as well as Israel’s relationships to its neighbouring countries, to Germany and to the EU, as well as other relevant international players.

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Mapping Local Landscapes in the Syrian Conflict: Actors, Networks and Structures

The project concentrates on micro-analyses and on mappings of important local dynamics and actors, ranging from armed groups over local administrative institutions and local notables to civil society actors, in war-torn Syria. Their contribution to service and aid delivery, governance, local stabilization and potential post-conflict state building are the main focus of the project.

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Asia

Berlin Conference on Asian Security (BCAS)

The annual »Berlin Conference on Asian Security« facilitates an exchange of information and expertise on Asia-Pacific security questions between Asian, American and European scholars and politicians.

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German-Japanese Dialogue

The SWP and the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo stage German-Japanese Dialogues on foreign and security policy matters approximately every 18 months. The venue alternates between Berlin and Tokyo.

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Taiwan 2nd Track

Annual workshops on the Taiwan question and relations between China and the European Union are organized jointly by SWP and the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS).

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Environment, Energy, Climate, and other Global Issues

Forced displacement and development cooperation

The research project »Forced Displacement and Development Cooperation« investigates in what ways German and European development cooperation can address the challenges of (protracted) refugee situations. Apart from developing policy recommendations the project also serves as a coordinating body for a number of other initiatives in this emerging research area.

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Health in Foreign Policy

Health, mainly the fight against infectious diseases and the development of resilient health systems, is gaining importance in international and security affairs worldwide. In a pilot project, SWP aims at strengthening health issues in the international and security affairs debate in Germany. Primarily, we will identify core research needs and connect existing expertise.

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Making the international trade system work for climate change

The project investigates potential synergies between the international trade regime and the climate regime (i.a. WTO, Paris-Agreement). The focus is on analyzing the role of trade policy measures in achieving international climate protection targets.

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Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Germany)

Founded in 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) connects scientists around the world to develop solutions for sustainable development. The SDSN Germany combines knowledge and capacity within Germany to promote sustainable development within the country as well as promoting the German commitment for sustainable development worldwide.

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Transnational Cooperation

Germany, India, Brazil & South Africa (GIBSA) Quadrilogue

In the GIBSA Quadrilogues the SWP discusses perceptions, interests and cooperation opportunities in the fields of international relations and regional affairs with partner institutes from India, Brazil and South Africa.

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SFB 700/D1: Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Areas of Limited Statehood

The SFB 700/D1 project explores the conditions for the success of transnational partnerships for sustainable development in fragile areas. The current funding phase focuses on analyzing relevant actors’ perspectives of the impact of these partnerships and their respective suggestions for the future meta-governance of these partnerships.

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Completed Projects

#HashtagIdentities (compl.)

The project “#HashtagIdentities: Twitter-Debates, Twitter-Networks and the Struggle over Political, Social and Cultural Norms in the Arab World” analyzes the unfolding of debates on Twitter in the Arab world based on case studies.

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Arab Elites and Social Mobilization (compl.)

The project »Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World« explores whether the recent change of leadership in a string of Arab countries actually constitutes a fundamental political transformation, to what extent comprehensive elite change is occurring, and who the new political and societal actors are.

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Carbon Leakage I (compl.)

The project »Tackling Leakage in a World of Unequal Carbon Prices« addressed the economic, competition-related and climate policy challenges associated with displacement of carbon emission sources (»carbon leakage«).

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Carbon Leakage II (compl.)

The project »International Industrial Competitiveness, Carbon Leakage and Approaches to Carbon Pricing« addressed the role of energy-intensive sectors in the displacement of carbon emission sources and the long-term effects of national CO2 prices on these sectors.

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The challenges of digitalization for German Foreign and Security Policy (compl.)

The project »The challenges of digitalization for German Foreign and Security Policy« analyses the institutional parameters of a German cyber foreign and security policy in order to further German principles of data security and data privacy as well as processes of norms-setting at the European and global level.

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Cooperation in Northern Europe (compl.)

The »Cooperation in North Europe« research programme addressed perspectives, priorities and institutions for cooperation in Northern Europe, especially the Baltic region.

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Environmental Governance (compl.)

The project »Global Environmental Politics: Options for a More Efficient Governance Structure« analysed models for enhancing the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Environmental Governance/Rio plus 20 (compl.)

The project »International Environmental Governance: Reform of the UN Institutions for Environment and Sustainability« analyses the themes of the 2012 Rio+20 conference with a special emphasis on reform of the sustainability institutions of the United Nations (UN Environment Programme and Commission on Sustainable Development).

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EU Security Agencies (compl.)

The research project »Delegating Security? EU Agencies in Internal and External Security Policy«, supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, investigates control and effectiveness of selected EU security agencies, such as the European Defence Agency and the border policing body Frontex.

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European External Energy Governance (compl.)

The international, interdisciplinary research project »Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers« examines the phenomenon of emerging powers as cooperation partners in energy supply questions, and the challenges that presents for EU external energy policy.

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European Global Strategy (EGS) (compl.)

The European Global Strategy project is a debate about the future strategic alignment of the European Union's foreign relations, conducted by think tanks from Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden (with SWP as associate partner).

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European-Indian Dialogue (compl.)

In the European-Indian Dialogue the SWP, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Centre d'Études et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) discuss current questions of foreign and security policy.

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European-Pakistani Dialogue (compl.)

The European-Pakistani Dialogue discusses current questions of international politics. It is held in cooperation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Institute for Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) and the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales (CERI).

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The Fragmentation of Syria (compl.)

The project “The fragmentation of Syria” aims at real-time and policy-oriented analysis of current developments in war-torn Syria. It focuses first and foremost on specific aspects of Syria’s ongoing fragmentation and their repercussions as well as the development of policy options.

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The Future of International Order (compl.)

The process of globalization and the global shift of the centers of economic and political gravity from the North and the West to the (Far) East and the South causes fundamental changes in the international order. An interdisciplinary working group reflects on and analyzes the causes, perspectives and possible implications of those changes.

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Geopolitics in the High North (GeoNor) (compl.)

The project »Defining an Interest: The European Union and the High North«, supported by the Norwegian Research Council, investigates the potential for stronger integration of EU policies in the Arctic.

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Handling Global and Interconnected Risks (compl.)

The »Handling Global and Interconnected Risks« research initiative addresses the special challenges for politics that arise in connection with identification and assessment and appropriate management of complex and networked risks.

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ISSICEU (compl.)

The project »Intra- and Inter-Societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond« (ISSICEU) analyses political regimes, civic participation, economic interdependencies and neighbourhood influences in the Caucasus. SWP focuses on the role of Turkey as an actor and factor in configuring political space in the Caucasus, particularly in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict.

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Jihadism on the Internet (compl.)

Jihadist networks use the internet to expand their ethnic and national base. The project »Jihadism on the Internet: The Internationalization of Violence Discourses in the World Wide Web« addressed the consequences.

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Local Arenas of Power Sharing (compl.)

The project »Local Arenas of Power Sharing« addresses the connection between power-sharing and peace consolidation in post-conflict Burundi, DR Congo, Liberia and Kenya, examining the conditions under which institutional reforms promote peace.

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Local, regional and international dynamics of the Syrian conflict (compl.)

The conflict dynamics in Syria have become increasingly complex in the last two years. This holds true both for the inner Syrian constellations and for external actors likewise. In light of these developments, the project concentrates on three core themes: local conflict dynamics, the efforts of conflict settlement and conflict implications in neighboring states.

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New Power New Responsibility (compl.)

Since the fall of 2012 some 50 experts on foreign and security policy have discussed key future challenges for German foreign and security policy in a series of conferences and workshops, initiated by the German Marshall Fund (GMF) and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP).

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Non-State Conflict Management (compl.)

The research project »Non-State Conflict Management« investigated the opportunities and constraints on international NGOs in dealing with actors of non-state violence.

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Resource Competition (compl.)

In the research initiative »Competing for Scarce Resources« SWP researchers examined the circumstances under which competition for scarce resources leads to or exacerbates conflicts and considered how such conflicts can be regulated.

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Russia's Climate Politics (compl.)

The research project »Russia and Climate Politics« sought ways to integrate Russia in active climate protection and the international climate talks by promoting exchange of information and views between Russia and Germany, building networks and preparing recommendations.

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SANDERA Project (compl.)

The SANDERA project (The Future Impact of Security and Defence Policies on the European Research Area) set out to enable a dialogue between European security policy experts and scientific/technical experts.

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Security and Defence in Northern Europe (SNE) (compl.)

The research project explores contemporary opportunities and challenges embodied in patterns of regional security and defence cooperation. In particular, it deals with the role of Northern Europe in the changing Euro-Atlantic security architecture.

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Senior Fellowship Iberian Studies

The Senior Fellowship for Iberian Studies established by SWP and Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) in Madrid addresses developments in foreign, economic and security policy in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

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Toolbox Crisis Management

The Crisis Management Toolbox is a manual prepared by SWP and the Center for International Peace Operations (ZiF) providing basic knowledge about peace and security policy for international crisis management purposes.

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Transatl. Foreign Policy Discourse (compl.)

The project »Transatlantic Foreign Policy Discourse (TFPD)« brought together leaders and opinion-shapers from the United States and Europe to sharpen awareness of multilateral solutions. The different perspectives of the United States and Europe on the world order were the overarching theme.

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Transatlantic Risk Governance (compl.)

The »New Systemic Risks: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation« project sets out to lay the foundations for improved transatlantic cooperation between the European Union and the United States for dealing with systemic risks.

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Youth Bulge (compl.)

The Youth Bulge project investigates the consequences of a disproportionately large young population – currently found mainly in developing and emerging economies – for questions of security and development policy, and derives lessons for German and international development cooperation.

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SWP Comments

SWP Research Papers

Susan Stewart
Fundamental Attitudes of the Russian Political Elite

Law, Truth, Public Welfare and Violence


Evita Schmieg
Cuba “Updates” Its Economic Model

Perspectives for Cooperation with the European Union